Mon January 19, 2009
Talking about possible --- and large-scale --- future development in downtown Tulsa.
By Rich Fisher
Tulsa, Oklahoma – Our guest today is Laura Solano, a Boston-based landscape architect and one of the Resource Team members of The Mayors' Institute on City Design (MICD), a partnership program of the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Architectural Foundation, and the United States Conference of Mayors. The MICD is a nationwide collection of experts in architecture, urban planning, and community development who work with U.S. mayors to offer both professional advice and new approaches to challenging redevelopment projects facing their respective cities. Members of the MICD, including Solano, recently visited Tulsa to meet with Mayor Kathy Taylor and make recommendations about the city's Evans-Fintube site, a 40-acre expanse of vacant industrial land and buildings in the northeast corner of downtown. As Solano tells host Rich Fisher, possible plans for this vast area include ample park space, arts-driven (or "creative class"-related) residential as well as studio development, and a new high school for the performing arts. (Editor's note: The Mayors' Institute on City Design began in 1986. To date, the program has assisted more than 740 mayors in transforming their communities through good urban design. For more information on this organization, visit http://www.micd.org/index.htm.)